New Castle (16-1) at Greenfield-Central (13-4)
GAME TIME: 6 p.m.
COACHES: Corie West, 46-12 in 3rd year at New Castle. Doug Laker, 102-65 in 8th year at Greenfield-Central.
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SAGARIN RATINGS: New Castle, 93.36, 16th overall, 13th in Class 4A. Greenfield-Central, 90.1, 20th overall, 16th in Class 4A.
LAST OUTING: New Castle defeated Wapahani, 74-34. Greenfield-Central defeated Westfield, 48-40.
VS. COMMON FOES: New Castle 6-0, Greenfield-Central 5-1.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: New Castle 148-140, Greenfield-Central 167-125.
SERIES PAST 15 YEARS: New Castle, 10-3.
LAST MEETING: New Castle, 48-34, Jan. 16, 2015.
NOTES: Class 4A No. 20 Greenfield-Central welcomes No. 18 New Castle to town Friday in a battle of state-ranked conference opponents … The Trojans are on a 15-game win streak with the team’s only loss coming on Nov. 12 to Heritage Christian … A win for either team would mean sole possession of first place in the Hoosier Heritage Conference for the time being … Seniors Laura Thomas (17.6) and Samantha Underwood (13.0) lead New Castle in scoring … Underwood’s 61 3-point field goals made ranks first in the entire state … Greenfield-Central beat No. 8 Westfield at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse last weekend … Madison Wise leads the team in scoring (22.6) and rebounding (11.1).
Waldron (4-7) at Eastern Hancock (3-6)
GAME TIME: 7:30 p.m.
COACHES: Nate Cangany, 4-7 in 1st year at Waldron. Aaron Spaulding, 184-179 in 17th year at Eastern Hancock.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Eastern Hancock, 56.69, 277th overall, 60th in Class 2A. Waldron, 49.76, 329th overall, 63rd in Class 1A.
LAST OUTING: Waldron defeated Triton Central, 61-45. Eastern Hancock lost to North Decatur, 57-44.
VS. COMMON FOES: Waldron 1-2; Eastern Hancock 0-2.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Waldron 52-69, Eastern Hancock 56-36.
SERIES PAST 30 YEARS: Waldron, 7-3.
LAST MEETING: Waldron, 61-49, Jan. 16, 2015.
NOTES: Waldron is coming off a Shelby County Tournament title despite sporting a losing record … The Mohawks are riding a three-game win streak after losing six games in a row early in the year … Nate Cangany is in his first season as a head coach … On offense, Waldron is averaging almost 57 ppg and is capable of spreading the ball all over the court … Junior guards Peyton Huffman and Hank Johnson will be the toughest weapons to stop for Eastern Hancock … The Royals are coming off a tough Mid-Hoosier Conference loss to North Decatur at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse last weekend … However, both teams are 0-3 in MHC play … Sophomore guard Addison True leads Eastern Hancock in scoring at 16.1 ppg … Classmate A.J. Muegge scores 11.7 ppg.
Pendleton Heights (6-5) at New Palestine (3-8)
GAME TIME: 7:30 p.m.
COACHES: Kevin Bates, 6-5 in 1st year at Pendleton Heights. Trent Whitaker, 3-8 in 1st year at New Palestine.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Pendleton Heights, 82.18, 46th overall, 35th in Class 4A. New Palestine, 66.8, 175th overall, 48th in Class 3A.
LAST OUTING: Pendleton Heights defeated Anderson, 64-42. New Palestine defeated Indianapolis Marshall, 71-52.
VS. COMMON FOES: Pendleton Heights 2-0; New Palestine 1-1.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Pendleton Heights 67-57, New Palestine 58-54.
SERIES PAST 30 YEARS: Pendleton Heights, 15-12.
LAST MEETING: Pendleton Heights, 68-54, Jan. 16, 2015.
NOTES: New Palestine snapped a seven-game losing streak last Saturday in a win against Indianapolis Marshall … Senior guard Caleb VanderWal scored a season-high 19 points in the win while sophomore Gavin Hausz added 15 … Hausz scored 20 and 21 points in the team’s two previous losses … Pendleton Heights has won three of its last four games and beat 2A No. 1 Lapel 33-31 on Dec. 4 … Both teams average nearly 57 ppg on offense … Junior Mark Albers leads the Arabians in ppg (19.6) while Kenton Dunham chips in 13… Albers has hit 43 threes this season … Senior guard Jalen Qualkinbush leads the Dragons in scoring at 10.6 ppg while Hausz averages 9.3 … Senior forward Cody Long (9.6 ppg) is still sidelined with an ankle injury.
Rushville (4-6) at Mt. Vernon (9-2)
GAME TIME: 7:30 p.m.
COACHES: Brian Bowen, 65-53 in 6th year at Rushville, 126-80 in 10th year overall. Travis Daugherty, 31-25 in 3rd year at Mount Vernon (Fortville), 149-110 in 12th year overall.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Mount Vernon (Fortville), 86.35, 26th overall, 22nd in Class 4A. Rushville, 67.16, 169th overall, 45th in Class 3A.
LAST OUTING: Rushville defeated East Central, 60-45. Mount Vernon (Fortville) defeated Greenfield-Central, 47-40.
VS. COMMON FOES: Rushville 1-3; Mount Vernon (Fortville) 4-0.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Rushville 59-48, Mount Vernon (Fortville) 76-46.
SERIES PAST 30 YEARS: Mount Vernon (Fortville), 15-8.
LAST MEETING: Mount Vernon (Fortville), 83-75, OT, Jan. 16, 2015.
NOTES: Rushville started the season 0-4 but has since won four of its last six contests … The Lions lost to New Palestine by one Dec. 5… Currently, Rushville is on a two-game win streak including a 60-45 victory over East Central … The Lions average 52 ppg on offense while allowing 57 ppg on defense … No other statistics were available … Mt. Vernon is coming off two tough conference games … One was a loss to New Castle on a last-second three and the other was a road win at Greenfield-Central, 47-40 … The team’s only other loss came to Decatur Central (57-48) … Junior guard Michael Ertel leads the Marauders in scoring at 19.1 ppg while junior forward Erick Shepherd averages 13.2 ppg and 6.3 rebounds per game … For the season, Mt. Vernon is averaging 60.7 ppg on offense while only allowing 51.9.
New Castle (8-1) at Greenfield-Central (9-3)
GAME TIME: 7:30 p.m.
COACHES: Daniel Cox, 26-26 in 3rd year at New Castle. Michael Lewis, 19-18 in 2nd year at Greenfield-Central, 76-51 in 6th year overall.
SAGARIN RATINGS: New Castle, 81.35, 50th overall, 38th in Class 4A. Greenfield-Central, 78.79, 72nd overall, 51st in Class 4A.
LAST OUTING: New Castle defeated Richmond, 44-42. Greenfield-Central defeated Portage, 55-40.
VS. COMMON FOES: New Castle 2-0; Greenfield-Central 1-1.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: New Castle 52-53, Greenfield-Central 61-72.
SERIES PAST 30 YEARS: New Castle, 23-5.
LAST MEETING: Greenfield-Central, 63-54, Jan. 16, 2015.
NOTES: New Castle comes to Greenfield with just one loss on its record, a 68-58 loss to 2A No. 1 Lapel … The Trojans beat Mt. Vernon on a last-second three, 55-54, on Jan. 2 … The Cougars lost to Mt. Vernon 47-40 at home Jan. 8 … Senior guard Andrew Garrett leads four players for New Castle that are scoring in double figures at 16.7 ppg … Senior forward Tate Hall leads Greenfield-Central in scoring at 15.3 ppg while senior guard Blake Robertson chips in 10.1 … The Trojans are averaging nearly 67 ppg as a team while the Cougars are scoring 54 … New Castle is 3-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference while Greenfield-Central is 2-1.